Following the reveal of a pre-production prototype at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, the Insight is being displayed in New York before sales kick-off in the American market. Although the car won't be offered in Britain, the third-generation Insight's electrified powertrain is due to make it across the Atlantic.
The hybrid powertrain, also set for use in the 2018 CR-V hybrid that is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in August, is predicted to join the Civic's engine option list, adding to the existing diesel and petrol options. In the Insight, it offers 155bhp and, according to US tests, up to 55mpg in urban environments.
In the US, Honda's Insight is its direct answer to the Toyota Prius. It uses a more conventional saloon shape than its high-reared predecessor, with the front adopting Honda’s aggressive new styling theme, gaining a metallic strip running the full width, tying in with Honda’s other US-market models.